Good Morning!

As August winds down, we're putting quite a bit of effort into this final month before our 100th Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 26th! We encourage each of our members to join us for this very special evening, capping off our Centennial year. In addition to a wonderful dinner from Fountain Head Country Club, we'll be celebrating the passing of the gavel from our current Chairman of the Board Keith Grunow to Incoming Chair Gary Hayes. Guests will each receive one commemorative Centennial book, celebrating 100 years of the Chamber and its role in Washington County (produced in partnership with Herald-Mail Media). Let us tell you, this book is very special and will be around for the next 100 years. A celebration of history, for sure. 

Next month, you can look forward to us opening nominations for our 21st Annual Washington County Business Awards. We're already planning with our County's best and brightest creative minds on how to make this next awards show, slated for February 2020 at the newly-renovated Maryland Theatre, the very best yet! Stay tuned!

You'll also notice our newsletter is missing a few sections. That's because starting next month, our newsletters will be getting a whole new look, with some streamlined information, and a better mobile view! As always, please contact Director of Member Services Tim Luipersbeck with news & updates you'd like us to share - at no charge!

Hope you've had a wonderful month!
We look forward to working for you this Fall!

In This Issue
Welcome Our New Members
Give a warm welcome to our new August members
39 Baltimore St., Suite 201
Cumberland, MD

124 W. Church St.
Frederick, MD

Compassionate Wellness Center
44 N. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Krispy Kreme
531 Dual Highway
Hagerstown, MD

Landmark Fence
630 Knightsbridge Dr.
Hagerstown, MD

River Bottom Roasters
22 N. Mulberry St., Suite 101
Hagerstown, MD

Spot On
Please Call for Appt.
Williamsport, MD

VT Industries of Maryland
101 Western Maryland Parkway
Hagerstown, MD

Members Making News
Find Out What's New with Some of Our Members! 
Have some news to share? Email Director of Member Services Tim Luipersbeck at to be included in an upcoming newsletter.

Community Foundation Seeks Nominations for
Annual People's Choice Awards

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. is seeking nominations for its 20th annual People's Choice Awards. This award honors individuals or a couple from the community who give generously of their time and talents to make Washington County a better place to live. The Community Foundation will recognize three winners at its People's Choice Awards Dinner on November 14 at Saint James School. In addition, they will establish a $5,000 endowment fund in each winner's name for the local nonprofit of their choice.

To nominate someone for this honor, please visit the Community Foundation's website at and complete the online submission form. All nominations due September 30.

About Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc.:  Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. has a five-year annualized investment return that makes it one of the top performing community foundations in the country. The Foundation has over $39 million in assets and has distributed more than $20 million in grants and scholarships since 1997. Donors can support any of its 325 funds or create a charitable fund of their own. To learn how to create a fund at the Community Foundation, please visit, or call (301) 745-5210.

Humane Society Encourages to Make a Splash at 16th Annual Pooch Plunge

Annually, the Pooch Plunge gives dogs a chance to enjoy a dip in the pool as summer comes to an end! The Humane Society of Washington County holds this event to help raise funds for animals in need. Sponsored by Hearty Pet Retail, it's just $5 per dog (with additional donations welcome) and open to the general public - Saturday, September 7th from 11am-1pm at Claude M. Potterfield Pool at 730 Frederick St., Hagerstown. There will also be a second plunge Monday, September 9th from 6-8pm at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park at 17901 Halfway Boulevard, Hagerstown!

For additional information or to purchase a VIP ticket, visit

Taylor Honored During HCC's Red, White & Blue Concert Series

As part of the Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association's Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series on Saturday, August 17, Ronald Wayne Taylor, HCC volunteer and alumnus, was recognized by Jeff Kline, president of the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County.

Taylor, was honored for his 15 years of involvement in the HCC Alumni Association's Red, White and Blue concerts, having brought more than 155 U.S. Military Bands to the college. He was also recognized for serving in the U.S. Air Force and his various roles with the HCC Alumni Association, including HCC Alumni Association Board of Directors, former president; Alumni Amphitheater, vice president; and member of the Flower & Garden Show Committee.

"Wayne Taylor's lifelong patriotism coupled with his desire to see the HCC Alumni Amphitheater programmed throughout the summer months opened the doors to the tradition of bringing United States Military bands to Hagerstown Community College. His subsequent unfaltering dedication to, and leadership of, the Alumni Association's Red, White and Blue Concert Series has provided our community with fifteen years of free entertainment of the highest caliber," said Lisa Stewart, HCC coordinator of alumni relations and annual giving. "We are very proud to have Wayne working with us as a Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association volunteer."

For more information about HCC's Alumni Association, visit

Day of Caring Quickly Approaching with Lineup of Events Announced!

United Way of Washington County, MD  is gearing up for its 28th Annual Day of Caring on Thursday, September 19th and has a great amount of events lined up to help ensure that participants are ready to be a part of Washington County's single largest volunteer effort!

Thursday, September 6th at 2pm, United Way is hosting a Volunteer Team Leader Training at their 83 W. Washington St. offices, in which t-shirts, assignments, signage, and more will be handed out! 

Thursday, September 19th, a Kick-off breakfast is lined up at HCC's ARCC building with a chance to win a $500 cash prize! Enjoy a hearty breakfast with fellow volunteers before your big day. 

Later that day, a free community health fair is planned from 4:30-7pm at Family Healthcare of Hagerstown at 201 S. Cleveland Street with prizes, health screenings, cooking demos, games, food and more! 

In support of Day of Caring, there's also a Community Book Drive in full effect now through September 12th. It's not too late to host a site and help United Way reach their goal of collecting 17,000 books. In fact, you can drop off books right here in our office lobby at the Chamber!

For all of this information  AND MORE, click here!

Latimer Named President of Keller-Stonebraker Agency, Call Joins Team

Keller Stonebraker Insurance, Inc. is excited to announce the promotion of John A. Latimer, IV to President of the agency effective July 1, 2019. In a separate move, Jason D. Call will be joining the agency in September as Chief Operating Officer (COO.)

In addition to serving as a proven risk management professional to his clients, Latimer has been actively involved in both organizational and strategic leadership both since joining Keller Stonebraker in 2011 and prior in his career. He brings a combination of technical, business and financial knowledge to the position along with a strong institutional understanding.

"John has a high energy, drive and passion for our clients and has been instrumental in the growth of our agency," said Kent R. Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer. He is continually focused on building a sales culture around the improvement and evolution of our agency's value proposition for every client. John truly believes in the promise of protection that we provide."

John has more than 15 years of insurance and risk management experience and 24 years in the Washington County business community. He earned his B.A. in Communications and Political Science from Emory & Henry College and holds two professional designations; Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM). John is also a graduate of Leadership Washington County (Class XX) and a past Board Chairman of the United Way of Washington County, Hagerstown Rotary Club and Washington County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Greater Hagerstown Committee and currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Washington County Industrial Foundation (CHIEF), Fountain Head Country Club and Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Company. John and his wife, Cassandra, live in Hagerstown with their son, Austin.

Jason Call joins the organization with more than a decade of demonstrated leadership within the international banking sector. He has extensive experience influencing and shaping positive change through operational policy work, analytics, compliance, benchmarking and financial management.

After graduating from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Psychology, Communications and Business Administration, Jason earned his M.B.A from Texas A&M University. He is a graduate of Leadership Washington County (Class XVII) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Jason is also a former Scout Master with the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Dadra, live in Hagerstown with their five children.
Reynolds said, "Jason brings to Keller Stonebraker a proven track record for leadership and we are excited to have his involvement as we continue to grow business in the region. We believe Jason's skills and experience within the financial industry will translate seamlessly to our business."

Keller Stonebraker Insurance, Inc. (KSI) is a regional insurance agency with eight offices - Hagerstown, Frederick, Myersville, Ellicott City, Baltimore City and Cumberland, Maryland; Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; and, Keyser, West Virginia. Founded in 1901, KSI is an independent insurance agency with comprehensive offerings including personal insurance, commercial insurance, employee benefits and financial planning. Offering an enterprise risk management strategy, we serve our clients and enable them to remain focused on mission imperatives with the confidence in the value of Keller Stonebraker's commitment, ability, and high performing staff. For more detail, please visit our website at

"Bewitched: De-Witched", an Interactive Experience Slated to Open at Washington County Playhouse

If you're ready for an evening of laughs, hijinks, and nostalgia, make plans for The  Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater for Bewitched: De-witched - An Interactive Playhouse Murder Mystery.

All "people of magic" have lost their powers, and Samantha Stephens has called a special Witches' Council. Aunt Clara still has a few spells left, and she summons a detective to help. Unfortunately, the detective she summons is the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, of Pink Panther fame. Understandably, the inspector has difficulty coping with witchcraft and murder, but perhaps he can solve the mystery-with the guests' help.

Bewitched: Dewitched plays Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th at 6:00pm. Tickets cost $49.50 and include the show as well as salad bar, hot buffet, dessert, and coffee, tea and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity not included.

For tickets visit or call 301-739-7469 for more information.

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater presents Bewitched: Dewitched as a Playhouse Studio production. The theater's 35th Mainstage Season continues with Sweeny Todd Sept 13th - October 27th and The Wizard of Oz November 15th - December 22nd.
The Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Register for one of these upcoming Chamber functions!

Learning Lunch Hour: A Doctor an App Away?
The Benefits of Tele-medicine
Tuesday, September 10th, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Applause Caterers - 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD

Keller-Stonebraker Presents:
Eggs & Issues with Maryland Insurance Administration Commissioner Redmer
Wednesday, September 11th, 7:30-9:00am
Applause Caterers - 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD

Maximize Your Membership
Thursday, September 19th, 9:00 - 10:00am
Chamber of Commerce, 1 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD

B.A.S.H. (Business and Social Hour) at The Arc of Washington County
Thursday, September 19th, 5:00 - 7:00pm
820 Florida Ave., Hagerstown, MD

Coffee & Connections with featured artist: Rebecca Perkins
Wednesday, September 25th, 7:30 - 9:00am
Chamber of Commerce - 1 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD

The 100th Annual Meeting of the
Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, September 26th, 5:00 - 8:30pm
Fountain Head Country Club - 13316 Fountain Head Rd., Hagerstown, MD

About Us
Washington County Chamber of Commerce members include more than 600 organizations, representing over 40,000 local jobs in a wide variety of industries:  Retail, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Skilled Trades, Service and Hospitality, Technology, Government, Nonprofit, and Education. 

We can't wait for our next opportunity to work with you, and for you! 


Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Celebrating 100 Years!
1 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
Washington County Chamber of Commerce
(301) 739-2015


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